Swedish Auschwitz sign suspect to be extradited

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April 1, 2010 20:33

 
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STOCKHOLM — A Swedish former neo-Nazi leader will not appeal a court ruling to extradite him to Poland, where he is suspected of involvement in the theft of a notorious sign at Auschwitz.

Defense lawyer Bjorn Sandin says his client, 34-year-old Anders Hogstrom, wants to avoid further delays in the case. Hogstrom can now be handed over within 10 days.

On March 11, a Stockholm district court approved a Polish extradition request on the condition Hogstrom would serve any prison sentence in Sweden if convicted.

Polish investigators suspect Hogstrom of incitement to commit theft of a cultural treasure in connection with the Dec. 18 theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign. Three Poles have already been convicted of the theft.

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